Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Motorola Mobility’s Ninja HTML5 framework, that was unveiled mid-2012, however without new references since many months, was replaced by Google Web Designer, an Adobe Edge/Apple iAd Producer like HTML5 ads builder, then with limited scope (no more a rich internet applications builder). The Montage HTML5 framework (that was the basis for Ninja HTML5) is still available (open source).

We can find more details in this greatly written article, that underlines that there isn’t any HTML5 web applications solution (framework and builder) available (GWT is old, not HTML5 focused and no more driven by Google), only basic tools and low level frameworks (jQuery, angularJS, BackboneJS, Twitter Bootstrap).

We can however still use Cappuccino and Apple’s XCode/Interface Builder to build applications such as or (using Direct2CP’s solution mda approach allowed building these easily even without IB).

In fact all single page/anonymous div based frameworks can easily use HTML5 features when required, by extending existing components. That is adding/generating new doms elements (and/or new css values) to components. Cappuccino still uses CSS3 for Popover and other areas, while Direct2CP components wrap HTML5 audio and video tags (also use CSS3 animations) and new upload features.

Then a whole new HTML5 framework would not provide more (as many features aren’t HTML5 specific), at least a true HTML5 framework would be replacing all anonymous divs by WebGL elements (that is wrapping these in components) for rendering (HTML5 also provides features that aren’t display related, like storage).

Google about french press copyrights

Posted: October 19, 2012 in Apple
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Google provided details about its position on french’s law proposal that would tax search engines and aggregators sites that use press articles extracts/references.

Back in 2006-2007, Cjed Home site toped a pagerank value of 4, with up to 8000 visits a month and 250 visits a day at best. A year later (September, 2008) this new cjedaudio wordpress blog (intended to test WordPress solution, that is really great – really skilled UI designers, not lile Google’s ones) quickly reached a pagerank value of 3 (and 5000 visits a month after only 3 months).

Since 2010 there were somewhat less visits, notably as I didn’t hilighted anymore (or rarely did) posts with images (it makes a huge difference from what I’ve learnt since the original site launch in 2005, however I decided not to add pictures when not really relevant).

The main site pagerank was down to 3, despite the followers remaining strong (more than 150 visits a day, and 100 to 150 visits a day for this blog). It also corresponds to the start of articles against Google’s interests.

This month, while number of visits remaining the same (and even being greater on some days with more than 200 visits), the pagerank was down to 2, both on the blog and on the main site !

Then thank you Google. Would I then have to do as our governement ?

Update : it seems that many bloggers are experiencing this pagerank penalty.

Google : minimalist UI

Posted: December 8, 2011 in IT/Dev
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Google just released Gmail’s new UI, that isn’t appealing (no real design, minimalist huge toy like buttons, restricted list size due to too taller lines, unlogical use of red color for text and New message button on the left, that isn’t pleasant and might prevent users from clicking on it).

And this blue banner at to get people using Google Plus. Is there other design than big squares and blue/white/red colors at Google ?

Google : antitrust request by EU

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Apple
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The European Union filled a request against Google about antitrust issues, finally :

The internet search engine provides two types of results when people run searches on its engine: (i) unpaid search results, also known as “natural” or “algorithmic” search results, and (ii) third party advertisements shown at the top and at the right hand side of the search results page, also known as “paid search results” or “sponsored links”. The alleged abuses concern both unpaid and paid search results.

After all, what did Google brought to people ?
– a search engine full of unwanted/commercial links (with opaque ranking system and ads revenues management), that is harder and harder to use
– Google Maps and Google Earth : very useful ideas, however not the only ones now
– Android : not even at iOS5/iPhone 5 level after 5 years, despite Google’s CEO being at Apple’s board at its launch time
– GWT : still limited experience due to Google’s lack of experience in UI design
– Gmail : now not better than any other free mail system, and did exit beta status more than 10 years after launch, while Chrome still reached 10 non beta versions in two years only
– hard disks prices drop due to huge units volume used by its datacenters, also leading to un-ecofriendly power resources requirements and polluting.

Then Steve Jobs’s advice to Google to focus on its core/experienced areas was right.

WebKit / Cappuccino / Google

Posted: August 25, 2011 in IT/Dev
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WebKit framework, derived from KHTML and having initiated many of HTML5 features (thanks to iPhone’s WebKit implementation, that was also allowed by Core Animation), was launched 10 years ago by Apple. The first verison of Safari was released later in 2003, and the project became open source in 2005 (Google contributed, and it has been used by Nokia, Adobe and Palm/HP).

Creator of Cappuccino worked at Apple in the initial development team for iPhone’s WebKit version (the most impressive from 2007 to 2009). Google may then be interested by 280 North, that was bought by Motorola a year ago, and is now owned by Android/GWT editor.

While Google I/O ended (we can find a live coverage of the keynote here), and that Google stated “If we did not act, we faced a draconian future where one man, one phone, one carrier was the future. That’s a future we don’t want.” (in the same manner they had said that we shouldn’t prevent them from using our personnal data if we haven’t anything – faulty – to hide), here are some facts to consider :

– the unveiled WebM codec is only a slight evolution derived form VP8 and OggVorbis, and is still far from H264 in terms off efficiency (closer to BaseLine profile, and far from Main and High profiles) and encoding speed, do no provides yet hardware accelerating. And more important, it is reported that it may face lawsuits from MPEG LA about patents infrigments on H264.

– Nexus One launch was a commercial failure. Newly presented Google TV shouldn’t do better than the orignal (AppleTV).

– Chrome Store seems (from first screenshots at least) even less elegant than Microsoft’s one…

– FTC will investigate about personnal Wifi data collecting by Google during Street View data acquiring process (Google recognized publicly its fault, however they may not think it is just ok then).

-In another story (automated/batch books scanning without asking for rights owners agreement) Google still had tried to force the way through (same with Youtube, majors had finally to conclude deals, after videos had been put online without legal checking).

– AdSense revenues redistribution by Google is opaque (no way to verify given numbers – same known problem as with artits royalties), the algorithm is proprietary (not public) and indeed presented as no perfect (can be usefull). Relegatations may be more frequent than thought, while more and more companies are paying to appear in early search results. Then relevance of search is suffering, and by the end liberty, as all that don’t appear at the expected/deserved rank (or is too far) simply do not exist…

On the Apple side we have a company that always followed traditional market rules (while having succeeded to revolution the way of buying music, and now applications and entertainment – and it may be just a start) : owners rights protection through DRM (asked by the majors), protection of creators revenues (AppStore), polished products and softwares (while Google provides – for free – beta softwares, and even recently some in research stage).

Then Apple brings elegant/polished experience/UI, ensures a robust solution (iTunes), while Google don’t want to accept any responsability, as with an amateurish company (or worse, some that is above the laws).

What if Apple will restore the power balance, by using Microsoft’s Bing for search, and providing ads revenues through iAds. These are probably the reasons of Google’s anticipated attack, that lacks subtely, in the same way as Adobe’s poorly reasoned answer. After all, nobody seemed offended 15 years ago when Microsoft put pressure on developers to invest on MFC Api, that did hurt Mac platform. To remember, Adobe created Photoshop and Illustrator on Mac exclusively in early 90s – because such application couldn’t be achieved using Windows 3.x.